Melissa - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )
My little boy has a summer birthday and is struggling in kindergarten. He has weak fine motor skills because it took him a while to decide which hand to use, turns out after having him tested that he is ambidextrous. He is also having a hard time learning his letters and their sounds. I am concerned that his teacher is going to recommend that we retain him in kindergarten. I researched this a few years ago when my oldest was struggling in first grade and I am really opposed to it. Luckily with some after school tutoring he was fine by the end of the year. My husband was held back in first grade because he struggled with reading, he was half way through the second year of first grade before he was accurately diagnosed with dyslexia. My husband has said that repeating first grade caused him to hate school and to think that he was dumb. Has anyone held their child back? Was it a good thing or do you think that they could have been helped in other ways? We already have arranged to have him tutored after school twice a week.